Friday, December 15, 2006
So this was a $14 solution, and so far, it has been really great. Unlike other armbands I've owned, this one stays on my arm and doesn't even slip when I sweat (which gets extreme after a while). It comes with a thick skin, something I should have bought a long time ago, and a slit to shove the leftover headphone wire. Annnd, the velcro is secure yet peels off easily.
Note: As of 04/27/07, I am no longer using this because I got a new iPod.
Friday, October 20, 2006
I ordered these Saucony Grid Trigon 3 Guide shoes (a mouthful) from eBay in a size 9 wide (yeah, keep your comments to yourself). Having grown up running in the cheapest shoes ever, this was so luxurious... I must say that the shock absorption is pretty good. However, that wore out quickly, as it does with most other shoes.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Note: I don't like Gatorade in any other flavor but lime, but I think this formula comes in Orange also.
They also come in (of the ones I've tried, favorites first):
Blueberry, Chocolate Brownie, Iced Gingerbread, Carrot Cake, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Banana Nut Bread, Peanut Toffee Buzz, Apricot, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip
Sunday, October 15, 2006
DATE: Sunday, October 15, 2006
LOCATION: Long Beach, CA
RACE BEGAN: 7:30 am
FINISH TIME: 02:19:13
Expo: # # #
Course: # # # # #
Weather: # # # # #
T-Shirt: # # # #
Medal: # # #
Support: # # # #
The bad thing about autumn runs is training in the bloody hot summer, especially one that involved an internship, school, and moving back home. Needless to say, I probably only got in 10-15 miles a week. During the week before the race, I was so busy that I didn't run at all. That, combined with an uneasy stomach that lasted a week, did not bode for a good race.
I came with the mentality that this was just going to be another run. Since this was my second race, the pre-running jitters were much subsided from the first. Around the third mile, I realized that I did not train enough and acknowledged that I would soon be walking. However, in spite of it all, I did not walk besides the slowing through the water stations. Still, I came in three minutes later than last time, which sort of disappointed me. But then again, I'm sure training lengthens your stride, so although I did not walk like last time, my steps were a whole lot shorter and maybe less quick.
My legs were burning through the last mile and a half. I must remember that sensation the next time I try to run a race so undertrained.
When the race was done, I could not eat the naranjas (oranges) or bagel skins (see the picture) fast enough.
The race was otherwise nice. We had a good view of the Queen Mary and the Long Beach shoreline. The overcast weather was perfect for a race. And... the course was flat! There was good support out there in the areas that were not as scenic. I also recall bands, though they were not particularly striking.
Monday, May 29, 2006
DATE: Monday, May 29, 2006
LOCATION: Laguna Hills, CA
RACE BEGAN: 7:30 am
FINISH TIME: 02:16:05
This was my first race since the 400 m dashes in high school. Still determined to one day run a marathon, I figured that this would be a good gauge, and Sister #1 came up with another one of her hard-to-resist hair-brained schemes to run this.
I started training in late March, so basically two months prior. I was using the Hal Higdon program found here. Prior to all of this, the most I had really run was three miles. Only 10.1 to go.
Most of my training runs were in the morning before class, and by morning, I mean I was out of bed by 5:30 am some days and was all cleaned up, refueled, and in class by 8:30 am. The weather was often cold to the point that my arms would numb during my runs, but things started to change as May came. I had to start wearing hats on my runs.
Race day was VERY hot, probably around 80 degrees. Anything above 60 is too hot for running, as I get too warm easily. Also, the course, as you might be able to see from the elevation profile above, was tough and hilly. I had to walk after the eighth mile or so... too much heat, too many hills, and boonie brush as my only visual stimuli (which is bad, since I normally wear glasses and am pretty blind when I'm running).
Since this was my first race, I didn't know that running in the middle of the road was best and how to take advantage of the water/Gookinaid (cheap Gatorade imitation) and gel stations. I at first had to dodge the cups people were throwing around after drinking.
But, after crossing that pad, having my timing chip cut off, and being medal-ed, I felt accomplished and relieved. My racing virginity was lost.
Monday, March 6, 2006
For the most part, they are great. I need a bit more arch support, though. Two half-marathons and two damaged toenails later, I still run in these occasionally, as they are still in pretty good condition. Not that these are totally not the right shoes for me, but I think they are good up until a certain distance (probably around 10 miles).